Pablo de Olavide University

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Seal of Pablo de Olavide University
Type Public
Established 1997
Rector Vicente Guzmán Fluja
Students 10,858
Location Seville, Andalusia, Spain
37°21′18″N 5°56′17″W / 37.355°N 5.938°W / 37.355; -5.938Coordinates: 37°21′18″N 5°56′17″W / 37.355°N 5.938°W / 37.355; -5.938
Campus 346 acres (140 ha)
View of UPO campus

Pablo de Olavide University (Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) in Spanish) is a public university in Seville, Spain. UPO offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in the traditional majors, as well as in biotechnology, environmental sciences, humanities, labor relations, second language acquisition, social work, sports sciences, and translation

Pablo de Olavide University (UPO) was founded in 1997, making it one of the newest public universities in Spain. The UPO has over 10,000 students and is growing constantly since its inception.

The university is named after the Spanish-Peruvian politician Pablo de Olavide (1725–1803), who contributed notably to planning the city of Seville.

Being a relatively young university, the UPO was planned as a North American-style campus with dedicated academic and residential space. Its 345-acres spread out southeast of Seville over the municipalities of Dos Hermanas, Alcalá de Guadaíra and Seville. Its facilities are modern, including campus-wide Wifi and Internet access, computer, television, video and audio centers, an open access library, sports facilities, and science laboratories.[1]

It has numerous sports facilities, lawns, gym and a huge library where you can find books from every subject. This University also boasts a student union building and offers transportation to the city center by bus or metro.


The university is organized into seven faculties and schools:

Bachelor’s Degrees[2]

UPO Library

Double Degrees[3]

Graduate Studies[4]

The broad range of official master's degrees and doctoral studies offered by Pablo de Olavide University will allow students to specialize within a professional field or to start a career as researchers. CEDEP is the center responsible for the coordination of graduate studies. This centre is responsible for the inscription, enrolment and grant proceedings.

Since January 2011 Pablo de Olavide University, in conjunction with Brussels-based human rights NGO Protection International, have offered an online Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) on the Integral Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Social Activists in both English and Spanish. The PgDip is aimed at staff of NGOs and human rights association activists; civil servants from the different local, community and national administrations; staff from international and inter-governmental organisations; and citizens willing to be involved in social transformation processes.[5]

The International Center

As of the 2010-2011 academic year, the UPO enrolled 600 international students.[6] The UPO began admitting North American study abroad students in 2001, and founded the International Center in 2002. The center manages the three program tracks available to incoming students. The most popular is the semester-long Hispanic Studies Program with courses both in Spanish and in English. The Center also offers the University Integration Program (P.I.U.) for students with advanced Spanish language skills, as well as a Spanish Language track throughout the year. The Center is accredited by the Cervantes Institute.[7]

Additionally, 268 universities and organizations from 42 countries have signed agreements with the UPO to set up exchanges,[6] such as Academic Programs International (API), the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and International Studies Abroad.


In the University’s Sports Service (SDUPO) the practice of physical activities and sports are thought to be the key element for the integral preparation of the student. In order to encourage students, it makes the practice of sports possible to the entire university community. For this reason, the University has several sport facilities, located directly in the Campus.

Furthermore, the Sports Office plans, manages and organises sport activities at Pablo de Olavide University. It makes sure the University has the appropriate facilities, services and competitions needed for the practice of sports. The UPO also offers the possibility to study sport in the Faculty of Sports. The Sports Office Director is Juan Carlos Fernández Truan.

University Facts

Year 2010

Programmes and scholarships

There are various programmes and international scholarship that offer the students of Pablo de Olavide University the possibility to travel abroad. Among the most prominent are:

Summer Courses in Carmona

The Summer Courses of UPO take place every summer in Carmona, Seville. Everyone can attend these courses.


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